Access to International Education for Canadian Youth from Low-Income Communities

August 29, 2018

TORONTO - Canadian non-profits, Operation Groundswell (OG) and Pathways to Education, have partnered to create the Catherine McIntyre Scholarship. This scholarship will support one Pathways to Education graduate from a low-income community to travel abroad on a transformative learning experience facilitated through OG.

“We’re excited to provide full financial support for one of Pathways to Education’s graduates to join us abroad this September,” says Eyal Rosenblum, Executive Director of OG.  “At OG, we want to encourage young Canadian leaders - regardless of socio-economic background - to engage in cross-cultural collaboration around the world, get involved in meaningful community service, and develop the skills to apply those lessons back in their home communities.”

“At Pathways to Education, we support young people from low-income communities to overcome barriers to education, graduate from high school, and build the foundation for future success,” says Aaron House, Director of Post-Secondary and Alumni, Pathways to Education Canada. “This new partnership between Pathways to Education and Operation Groundswell is a clear demonstration of our shared belief in creating meaningful opportunities for young people to develop their core competencies, build their capacity, and become our country’s future leaders.”

One Pathways to Education graduate will join a team of ten other youth leaders on OG’s program in India this September 15, 2018. The team will embark on a two-week exploration of one of the most diverse, populous, and beautiful countries in the world, while also meeting with local Indian non-profit organizations and community leaders to examine the country’s most pressing social justice issues.

Pathways to Education supports youth in low-income communities across the country by providing the resources and network of support needed to graduate from high school and build the foundation for a successful future, while Operation Groundswell facilitates deeply immersive, educational, and volunteer experiences abroad.

The scholarship will include all travel, meal, and accommodation costs, spending money while abroad, cost of all travel documentation and visas, any medical requirements and health insurance for the purposes of travel, as well as covering cost for any clothing or equipment necessary.

“The Catherine MacIntyre Scholarship is in honour of Catherine - our board member at OG and strategic consultant at Pathways to Education - and her tireless work to improve Canadian youth's leadership potential,” says Justine Abigail Yu, Communications & Marketing Director at OG. “We brought together two organizations that were dear to her heart to provide a transformative experience abroad for one high school graduate this year.”


About Operation Groundswell

Operation Groundswell is a registered Canadian non-profit organization that facilitates travel, community service, and educational experiences around the world on a host of social justice issues. Geared towards socially conscious and globally active youth between the ages of 18-30 from North America, OG’s mission is to use the power of travel to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.

About Pathways to Education

Pathways to Education is a national, charitable organization breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Its award-winning program is creating positive social change by supporting youth living in low-income communities to overcome barriers to education, graduate from high school, and build the foundation for a successful future. Through the collective power of partnerships, Pathways to Education’s innovative program is preparing youth for tomorrow.


For more information on Pathways to Education, please contact:

Colleen Ryan
Director, Marketing and Communications
Pathways to Education Canada
416 646 0123 x503
[email protected]